Ink Drawing Techniques: Brush, Nib, and Pen Style

Yuko Shimizu, Illustrator, Instructor at School of Visual Arts

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14 Videos (1h 32m)
    • Introduction

    • Brushes and Nibs

    • Ink and Paper

    • Bonus Video: Da Vinci Artist Supply

    • Setting Up Your Materials

    • Asian Brushes vs. Watercolor Brushes

    • Brushstroke and Nib Techniques

    • Review

    • Calligraphy with Ai Tatebayashi

    • Illustrating Textures, Part One

    • Illustrating Textures, Part Two

    • Sketching and Scanning

    • Inking Your Sketch

    • Final Touches and Tips


About This Class

Master your illustration hand with award-winning Japanese illustrator Yuko Shimizu’s exquisite, detailed guide to essential inking and drawing techniques!

From selecting the best materials in the art store to digging into inking textures and styles, both the novice artist and the established inker will benefit from this all-access, on-location, 90-minute class. Lessons include:

  • Basic brush, nib, and ink techniques
  • Asian vs. watercolor brushes
  • Illustration textures
  • Sketching and scanning essentials
  • Inking fundamentals

Glimpse into Yuko’s personal critique process, and build skills that allow you to experiment in illustration, comic art, and high contrast. Nothing is more beautiful than brush and ink!


Images courtesy Yuko Shimizu

1,872 of 1,894 students recommendSee All

This course has everything from the practical (materials) to the artistic (feeling of the strokes based on calligraphy, capturing texture). Ms. Shimizu's presentation style is friendly, relaxed, and clear. Plus, her work is fantastic!
Yuko Shimizu is an incredibly talented artists, she is very thorough and has many good tips! Her work is so good that practicing for yourself may seem daunting but she is incredibly encouraging!
Ciara W

I like to make pretty ramblings

Great video I really learned a lot, I am a beginner ink and brush artist so I definitely recommend it for beginners.





Yuko Shimizu

Illustrator, Instructor at School of Visual Arts

Yuko Shimizu is a Japanese illustrator based in New York City and a veteran instructor at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). Newsweek Japan chose Yuko as one of "100 Japanese People The World Respects" in 2009. Her first self-titled monograph was released world-wide in 2011 and her first children's book, Barbed Wire Baseball, published in 2013.

Her work has appeared on t-shirts for The Gap and NIKE, on Pepsi cans, on VISA billboards, and on Microsoft and Target ads, as well as on b...

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